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Learn how word study fits into a broader language and literacy framework.

This course addresses the importance of systematic, explicit, and sequential instruction in phonics, phonological awareness, vocabulary, spelling, and word study for children in grades K-3. Teachers will learn how to facilitate learning “in” and “out” of text to develop students as work solvers in both reading and writing.

You can take this seminar online in real-time or at your own pace, or with a group of colleagues from your school or district: 

  • Real-Time Virtual Learning Dates: August 3-7, 2020 
  • On-Demand Virtual Learning Dates: May 17–July 11, 2021 (8 weeks) 
  • With Your Colleagues: For a group, by request virtually or in-person 

Expand your knowledge of the alphabetic principle and how words work. Assess students' reading and writing for phonics and spelling knowledge in your K–3 classroom. Develop an understanding of the essential elements of a word study curriculum. Use a continuum of word study to plan for instruction.

In this course, you'll expand your knowledge of how words work and you’ll learn how to support English language learners and students who have difficulty learning to read and write.

You can take this course for noncredit and earn 35 professional development hours, or you can take it for 3 graduate credits.

  • Course Outcomes
    • Assess your understanding and knowledge of what children need to know about letters, words, and how they work.
    • Develop a continuum of what children need to know about letters, words, and how they work across grades K-3.
    • Learn how to plan for the word study/phonics curriculum for the children in your classrooms.
    • Learn how to administer and analyze a variety of individual and group assessments.
    • Plan for effective letter and word study centers.
    • Learn how to integrate phonics and vocabulary study across the literacy curriculum.
    • Develop a comprehensive system for spelling instruction.
    • Design effective lessons for explicit "out-of-text" teaching and plan for "in-text" teaching across instructional contexts.
  • Required Texts

    Professional Texts:

    • Blevins, W. (2017). Phonics from A to Z, 3rd editions: A practical guide. NY: Scholastic.
    • Pinnell, G.S., & Fountas, I.C. (2017). The Fountas & Pinnell literacy continuum, expanded edition: A tool for assessment, planning and teaching, grades prek-8. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
    • Pinnell, G.S., & Fountas, I.C. (2017).  The comprehensive phonics, spelling, and word study guide.  Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
    • Pinnell, G.S., & Fountas, I.C (2018). Word matters: Teaching phonics and spelling in the reading/writing classroom. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
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Real-Time Virtual Learning Option

August 3–7, 2020 | 9:00-11:30am & 1:00-3:30pm (EST)
Participation during these times is required. We may assign additional work to meet the required professional development hours. After you register, we'll send you information on how to access the virtual platform.

Noncredit (35 professional development hours)

3 Graduate Credits (with assignments + fees)

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On-Demand Virtual Learning Option

May 17–July 11, 2021 (Summer Term I)
This course must be taken for 3 graduate credits. Take the course individually or as part of our 18-credit Graduate Certificate in Developing Literacy Expertise Through Responsive Classroom Teaching.

  • $2,050 ($650/credit + $20 registration fee + $30 technology fee + $50 copyright fee)* + required texts *subject to increase
  • Use EEDUC 6039.80 to register for credit.
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With-Your-Colleagues Option

We can deliver this training virtually or in-person for a group of educators within your district (as COVID-19 social distancing guidelines allow). Take the course for noncredit for 35 professional development hours, or for 3 graduate credits. If you want to earn credit, you must complete an assignment and pay an extra additional fee.

Email to register for graduate credit. Inquire here about onsite professional development pricing, or call 617.349.8693.

"This class was amazing! I have so many tools to take back and use in my classroom. One of the best courses I have ever taken!"
Kristeen Chambers, Teacher, Two Rivers Supervisory Union, Vermont

Cancellation Deadlines and Refund Policies


You must cancel in writing two weeks before the start of the course to get a refund, minus a $50 processing fee. Email to cancel. If you are unable to attend, you may send a substitute at any time. Regardless of weather conditions, if the event is held but you cannot attend, you will be billed for the full amount.

Graduate Credit

Review the university's cancellation and refund policies for credit bearing courses.

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